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Repair protein’s DNA recognition motif

May. 23, 2014—Insights into the workings of DNA damage response proteins such as SMARCAL1 could suggest new ways to improve genome integrity and prevent cancer.

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Vanderbilt University honors 20 as emeriti faculty

May. 9, 2014—Twenty retiring faculty members were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony May 9, when the university honored their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty.

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Research is shaping the undergraduate experience

May. 6, 2014—According to a 2013 survey of graduating seniors, more than half did faculty-guided or independent research during their Vanderbilt careers. Read about five students for whom research has helped shape their undergraduate years.

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Pen pal project unites graduate, middle school students

Apr. 17, 2014—More than 100 sixth graders from Wright Middle School met the Vanderbilt graduate student pen pals with whom they have been corresponding and were treated to a tour of Vanderbilt University Medical Center facilities on April 16.

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Two Vanderbilt professors awarded 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships

Apr. 11, 2014—Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science professors Ken Catania and Helmut Smith are among 178 scholars, artists and scientists named 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows.

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Help Vanderbilt Theatre build a forest at live performance art event

Mar. 5, 2014—A diverse group of artists, students and others will create a forest that is part visual art and part live theater performance at Vanderbilt’s Neely Auditorium March 28 and 29.

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Mosquito sperm have a sense of smell

Feb. 3, 2014—Vanderbilt biologists have discovered that mosquito sperm have a “sense of smell” and that some of same chemicals that the mosquito can smell cause the sperm to swim harder.

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Vanderbilt research featured in Science News’ top science story of 2013

Jan. 17, 2014—The popular science magazine Science News has chosen a story featuring research by Vanderbilt's Seth Bordenstein and Robert Brucker as its top science story for the year.

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Kudos: Read about faculty and staff awards and achievements

Jan. 10, 2014—Read about faculty and staff awards and achievements in the latest edition of "Kudos."

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Top 10 research stories of 2013

Dec. 23, 2013—This year’s most popular research stories plumbed mysteries of the brain, examined complex social phenomena, shed light on dark matter, uncovered a surprising link between our three greatest health threats and more.

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Could comb jellies, close cousins of jellyfish, be the earliest ancestors of animals?

Dec. 13, 2013—With their intricate, translucent shapes and elaborate bioluminescent displays, comb jellies add beauty and mystery to the ocean depths. They also have an important story to tell about the origin of animals.

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Tricking algae’s biological clock boosts production of drugs, biofuels

Nov. 7, 2013—Tricking algae’s biological clock to remain in its daytime setting can dramatically boost the amount of commercially valuable compounds that these simple marine plants can produce when they are grown in constant light.

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